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Why the Final Days of Duck Season Rock

The calendar tells us that duck season is finished. That’s always difficult to accept, especially when you’ve devoted much energy and passion to a pursuit. Still, I always look back fondly on the final days of a campaign. Maybe it’s just me, but the last few hunts seem to create...


Peril Above: Watch for Dead Waterfowl

Waterfowlers often discuss the inherent dangers of the activity, including rough water, frigid cold and sketchy boat rides in the dark. Yet we often forget about another threat: freshly killed birds falling toward us at high speeds. It’s no joke, as any veteran goose hunter can attest. In fact, an...


The X: Oklahoma Waterfowl Smorgasbord

Specks? Lessers? Snows? Ducks ? All over a dry field in high winds? The Fowled Reality crew has you covered. Check out this feet-down, wings-back late-season hunt in Oklahoma. It'll make you long for this past season ... or fire you up even more for 2018-'19. Click here for more...


Other Waterfowl Hunting Product Highlights from SHOT

Great new guns and ammo weren’t the only notable new waterfowl hunting products showcased at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. The event also featured some really cool calls, decoys and other hard gear. Here are some of the highlights. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content...


Hot New Waterfowling Apparel from the 2018 SHOT Show

Waterfowlers know that a boatload of nifty gear does no good if you’re not comfortable and concealed in the blind, pit or field. So naturally, quality clothing is at the top of every duck and goose hunter’s shopping list. The 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show recently offered a...


The X: Late-Season Concealment Tips For Waterfowl Hunting

Staying concealed from the ultra-sharp eyes of late-season ducks and geese can be tough. Here's how the pros at Fowled Reality do it. Use these tips to finish your season in style. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Great Waterfowl Ammo and Max-5 Shotguns from SHOT

The desert air had a decidedly un- waterfowl feeling as I stepped out of a cab just off South Las Vegas Boulevard, ready to tackle the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. And then two mallards zipped over, headed for an inviting fountain near The Palazzo. An omen? Perhaps...


Double-Guns for Ducks and Geese

Admit it: You’ve raised an eyebrow when someone totes an over-and-under or side-by-side shotgun to the pit or blind. Those fancy guns sometimes seem out of place. No doubt, semi-autos rule the modern waterfowl scene , and everyone’s a fan of the venerable pump-gun. But double-guns seem to be almost...


Seemingly Insignificant Waterfowl Hunting Gear You Shouldn't Forget

You know the drill. In a rush to hit the marsh before the crowds, you run through a hazy mental equipment checklist. “Gun, shells, dog, waders, calls, hat — check. “The boat’s hooked up, and I switched out the decoys last night. Good to go.” Well, maybe. Sometimes, seemingly unimportant...


Duck Hunting Diversity: Ultimate Mixed Bags

Now and then, the stars (and ducks) align in fine fashion and let you take a one-species duck limit, whether that’s four greenheads in the Arkansas timber or six gaddies on a North Dakota slough. But most days, a full strap features a mix of ducks. And honestly, many folks...


6 Ways I Goofed Up This Duck Season

Disclosure: I made some mistakes this past waterfowl season. Don’t get me wrong. It was a great year — better than the past few. Still, in the bright glare of hindsight, I’ve recognized some situations where I made seemingly innocent errors that hamstrung my efforts. Let’s look at six of...


Realtree Becomes Official Camo Conservation Partner of Delta Waterfowl

Editor's note: This great news comes to us via Realtree staff. Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage company, continues its legacy of strong backing for conservation by renewing a corporate partnership with Delta Waterfowl . For the next three years, Realtree will support Delta’s conservation programs and efforts to recruit and...


Waterfowling Gear I Really Liked This Season

Each duck season brings surprises and new experiences, and part of that is trying new gear. Whether out of necessity or curiosity, I typically field-test several items from the balmy early goose season through the frozen finish of duck hunting. And every year, I stumble onto some I really like...


8 Tips for Staying Warm During Frigid Duck Hunts

For several years, Duck Hunting Nation has begged for cold weather. This season, we got it. That’s great for duck and goose hunting, of course, but it creates real challenges in the apparel department. After all, dressing for an ice-breaking boat ride in minus 5 temps and a howling north...


The X: River Duck Hunting in Arctic Cold

When a recent cold front moved more mallards into Nebraska, the crew from Fowled Reality was ready. And a moving-water setup in frigid temps proved to be just the ticket. Enjoy all the wings-back, feet-down action. It'll make you forget the cold. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content...


Hunting Trucks: When Your Duck Dog Rules the Roost

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com contributor James Buice. About three weeks into waterfowl season , the cab of my trucks looks like it belongs to a vagrant that has taken quarter. Currently, identifiable objects include one Canon camera with a telephoto lens in the passenger side...


One-Shot Waterfowl Kills: Make the First Round Count

Most of us tote pumps or semi-autos to the marsh or pit, and for good reason. Those repeaters let us double or even triple on willing flocks but more often allow second and third chances when we whiff. Backup shells come in mighty handy many days, of course, but they...


Wish List: A Waterfowl-of-the-Month Club

During a recent Christmas shopping frenzy (read: panicked online searches), I recognized again the popularity of gift-of-the-month clubs. Those make sense, as they give the recipient a nifty present — whether cheese, wine or something else — that usually fits into a theme for that time of year. I then...


Warm Winters in the South: The New Norm

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com contributor James Buice. Warm weather in the Mississippi Delta has hampered duck hunting the past few years, but the CIA Weather Machine is about to fix it. I’ve written before about my contempt for meteorologists and their dartboard mechanics in forecasting...


3 Ducks and Geese You Want to Hunt

Most of us card-carrying waterfowl bums want to hunt ducks and geese every day, and often, we can kill birds during most outings. However, we typically do better some days than others, mostly because we encounter the right kind of ducks and geese. Sure, conditions, dumb luck and other factors...


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